Natural Grocers will close its North Dallas store to make it bigger

Natural Grocers will temporarily close on Preston Road and Forest Lane later this month in order to undertake a major remodel.

The store on the southwest corner of the intersection closes January 30th and is slated to reopen in mid-March.

Natural Grocer spokeswoman Pamela LIpshitz said the store will be 40% larger after adding space for the building vacated by Panera Bread.

The store says it will start discounting products on Saturday to clear the space for construction.

The remodeled store will have a one-line queue, a larger area devoted to all organic produce, and more space for prepared take-away, health and personal care, and frozen meat.

“When the opportunity arose to expand our Preston and Forest store, we knew it was the perfect time to bring our customers a fresh, more modern shopping experience, so that the new store would have the same facility and process as ours latest business will have. Said Kemper Isely, co-president of Natural Grocers. “While we prefer not to temporarily close stores, this is the most efficient way to quickly expand and renovate.”

Natural Grocer, a Colorado-based chain of 160 stores in 20 states, opened in Preston and Forest in 2011.

The family-owned and operated company first launched in Dallas-Fort Worth in 2008 with a store in Richardson on Coit and Campbell Streets. The grocer now has 25 stores in Texas, including stores in Coppell, the Casa Linda Mall in Dallas, Denton, Hurst, Keller and Fort Worth.

The intersection of Preston and Forest has long been a competitive place for grocery stores.

Years ago, the Natural Grocer room remodeled competitor Whole Foods Market. Whole Foods moved across the street to the southeast corner in a larger room that had been a Minyard store until 2004. Tom Thumb, the other grocer at this intersection, is on the northeast corner.

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